Representative Emerson Supports Governor Evers’ Plan to Upgrade
Wisconsin’s Unemployment System

MADISON – In his State of the State address this week, Governor Evers called for a special
session of the Legislature to vote on a $5 million plan to upgrade Wisconsin’s unemployment
system. Legislative Republicans have opposed the upgrade. Representative Jodi Emerson (D-Eau
Claire) issued the following statement in response:

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit our state, Wisconsin has faced an unprecedented influx of
unemployment claims. Unfortunately, our outdated unemployment system was not prepared for
an economic crisis and could not handle this volume of claims. My office has worked with
hundreds of constituents to help them navigate the system and get the relief they need, but
lengthy delays in getting benefits out the door have caused tremendous unnecessary suffering.
“As Governor Evers has said, it’s time to fix our broken unemployment system. Unfortunately,
after spending the last decade passing laws that deliberately made it harder for Wisconsinites to
access unemployment benefits, legislative Republicans are now obstructing this badly-needed
upgrade. I know our constituents expect us to work together to get this done. I call on
Republicans to put politics aside and work with us to make sure this never happens again to the
people of Wisconsin.”